2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fine Arts, Music Concentration, BA

Learning Aims

Students who elect a music concentration will demonstrate a mastery in the following five areas:

  • Aural literacy-defined as an ability to recognize the elements of musical language: pitch, rhythm, and harmony, and the ability to manipulate those elements in a coherent manner
  • Stylistic literacy-the ability to recognize, analyze, and understand the genesis of the major stylistic periods
  • Instrumental literacy-the ability to perform music in an expressive and stylistically appropriate manner at a reasonably advanced level
  • Ensemble ability-the ability to work cooperatively towards a musical/interpretive goal with other musician
  • Writing skills-the ability to write cogently about music

Requirements for the Major

Requirements for the major and an example of a typical program of courses are as follows:

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Spring Term

Junior Year

Fall Term

Spring Term

  • MU 300-Level Music History Course
  • Upper-Level Music Course
  • Theology Core
  • Nondepartmental Elective
  • Elective
  • Ensemble - see Note #4 below

Senior Year

Fall Term

Spring Term


  1. Music majors take MU 201 , MU 203 , MU 302 , MU 310 , and eight upper-division courses. Of the remaining eight courses, a minimum of three must be music history courses (MU 301 , MU 303 , MU 304 , MU 305 , MU 306 , MU 307 , or MU 309 ), and one must be a theory course (MU 324 , MU 325 , or MU 326 ).
  2. Music students choose a particular area of concentration: an instrument, voice, theory/composition, or music history. All students are admitted to upper-level applied and ensemble courses through the music jury process.  Those concentrating on an instrument usually take one-hour lessons (MU 375  or MU 385 ).
  3. Music majors must take a minimum of six additional courses in Applied Music (two lower- and four upper-division), six in Ensembles (two lower- and four upper-division), and four semesters of Musicianship. After declaring the music concentration, students are required to enroll in an ensemble and an applied music course each semester they attend Loyola.
  4. The following courses are taken in addition to the regular five-course load since they are not three credit courses: Musicianship (MU 205 , MU 206 , MU 207 , MU 208 ); Applied Music (MU 370 , MU 375 , MU 380 , MU 385 ); and Ensembles (MU 211 , MU 220 , MU 230 , MU 231 MU 311 , MU 320 , MU 330 , MU 331 ). Students register for these courses during the regular registration period. Ensemble requirements are satisfied by taking Repertory Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble, Steel Pan Ensemble. or University Singers.
  5. A nonrefundable fee is charged for all Applied Music courses which is paid directly to the instructor at the first lesson. A semester jury is required of all applied music students beginning with their second semester of applied music study.
  6. Students who wish to enter Loyola as a fine arts major concentrating in music should submit a clearly marked audition CD or tape or call the department to arrange an audition.
  7. Students who wish to complete a degree in fine arts with a concentation in music may also minor in secondary education. These students should consult with the music faculty to discuss course requirements.
  8. Students must complete the diversity core requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Core Requirement  under Curriculum and Policies).